By: Jefferson Marshall
It finally happened.
He finally did it.
It looked like it never was going to be achieved, but it happened.
….Kanye West went a day without going off on an explosive Twitter rant….Congratulations ‘Ye!
Wait not that, sorry.
Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Lead Role last night for his role in The Revenant, by beating out Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl).
DiCaprio portrayed a 19th Century American fur trapper who is looking for revenge after he is attacked by a bear and left for dead by his hunting buddies in this survival western thriller flick.
“As Glass, DiCaprio simply endures. He gives the movie a beating heart, offering it up, figuratively speaking, alive and bloody on a platter,” raved Time Magazine critic Stephanie Zacharek.
“It – he – is the most visceral effect in the movie, revenge served warm. Bon appetit.”
It has taken about 30 years of acting, 27 movies, a handful of late night talk show appearances, and five Acdemy Award nominations; but the man formerly known as Jack can now finally call himself an Academy Award winning actor.
Now, it’s obvious that even before this win, he was still recognized as one of the most decorated actors of this generation. He has won Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and the high honor of winning a Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award, but “the golden statue man” has always eluded the 41-year-old actor. We have seen actor-turned-singer-back-to-actor Jamie Foxx win an Oscar, we’ve seen guys like Daniel Day-Lewis who does a movie every 3 years raise the trophy, and we’ve even seen a hip-hop group take home the gold before DiCaprio.
However, when his name was called as the award recipient last night, Leo got to take the stage and do his first ever Oscar acceptance speech.
“Thank you all so very much. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to all of you in this room,” said DiCaprio during his speech.
“I have to congratulate the other incredible nominees this year for their unbelievable performances.”
He went on to thank the cast and crew, cast member Tom Hardy, and director of the film Alejandro González Iñárritu among many others. Then, Leo went on to speak on the issues of global warming and how important it is for the world to recognize this problem and take action (lol, classic Leo).
As Leo’s long losing streak comes to an end, so does the memes. If you have never come across these wonderful cyber bullying-esque tidbits then please come out of the rock you’ve been living under, and enjoy them for the last time.
and my personal favorite
But it’s a new era as these degrading memes have turned into congratulatory tokens for the former Oscar virgin (sort of).
But something tells me it won’t be long until the internet finds something else to make fun of.
As for Dicaprio, he was asked by ABC reporter Robin Roberts about the rare standing ovation he received once his name was called as the winner.
The actor said “I was very moved, it was a moment that I will never forgot.”